No matter what your relationship status is this year, we guarantee (with some help from our friends) to make it a sweet Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day. We’re putting all of those cliches behind us and giving you insider information into turning your V-Day into a fun (and delicious) weekend.
Start off with some homemade chocolates that go way beyond your traditional caramel – think chocolate dipped fruit, truffles, pretzels, and more, then reserve your spot at one of the Jersey Shore’s hottest dining locations. If you’re looking for a bit more fun, there are plenty of chances to enjoy live music, games, and if you’re lucky – breakfast in bed.
So hop on the heart wagon and get ready to enjoy a Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day that’s full of delicious dishes, rich chocolates, bubbly champagne, lots of fun, and plenty of things to do with your Valentine!
Places to Eat, Drink, Play, and Stay This Valentine’s Day at the Jersey Shore
Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to share a romantic candlelight dinner or a leisurely Sunday brunch, Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant the perfect spot to celebrate the weekend of love. Executive Chef Thomas Schoborg has carefully crafted innovative specials that will be available along with an a la carte menu (available during dinner on Friday and Saturday from 6-10pm) Then on Sunday, enjoy a Brunch Buffet from 10:30-2:30. The perfect way to let your loved ones know you care. Reservations recommended. 100 Ocean Avenue N, Long Branch 732-870-1200 http://www.rooneysocean.com/
The island eatery that locals love is spreading the love over Valentine’s Day weekend. Used To Be’s will be cooking up a special menu from Chef Chico that includes a soup or salad, two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts, and a complimentary glass of wine for just $100. You and your date will dine on appetizers like Lollipop Lamb Chops and Grilled Scallops before diving into Twin Stuffed Lobster Tails or our pick, the Seafood Key West. It’s a recipe for a successful date night. 287 Highway 35 N, Mantoloking 732-892-3770 www.usedtobesnj.com
No matter what your relationship status, there’s something going on for you at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Head there for dinner, enjoy live entertainment from duo Nick and Ashley from 6-9pm, then dance with DJ Mike Merrel from 9pm to closing (no date required!) 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park 732-997-8767 http://asburybiergarten.com
Turn Valentine’s Day into a romantic weekend away thanks to the Molly Pitcher Inn. Enjoy discounted room rates and a romantic five course meal ($95 per person) while you spend the evening and the morning with that special someone. Reservations required. 88 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank 800-221-1372 www.themollypitcher.com
Also turning an evening away into a full night away is the Oyster Point Hotel. Enjoy a five course meal ($90 per person) and a discounted hotel room with stunning views of the Navesink River all night long. Reservations required. 146 Bodman Place, Red Bank 732-530-8200 www.theoysterpointhotel.com
Start the weekend of love off right at McDonagh’s Pub where you’ll enjoy chef specialities (all weekend long.) Add on complementary roses and live music from Joey A from 6-9pm and you’ve got a night to remember. 2 West Front Street, Keyport 732-264-0999 https://www.mcdonaghs.com/
Enjoy chef specialities all weekend long with those you love. At Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits, you’ll dine on dishes that will get anyone in a romantic mood. Reservations recommended. 84 Broad Street, Keyport 732-497-5555 https://www.oldglorynj.com/
Treat your date to an unforgettable three course dinner at Proving Ground. For $75 per person, dinner guests will enjoy delicious dishes along with a complimentary beer or wine, and a dueling piano show. Reservations required. 56 Shrewsbury Avenue, Highlands 732-872-2266 https://www.theprovingground.com/
You can always count on iPlay America to celebrate in a big way. It all starts with the Jersey Four Valentine’s Dinner Show on February 11th where you’ll be singing all of the classics from The Four Seasons (tickets required). Then on February 14th, share the fun with a number of Valentine’s Day packages to get the full iPlay America experience. 110 Schanck Road, Freehold 732-577-8200 www.iplayamerica.com
In the mood for chocolate? The experts at Van Holten’s Chocolates have an extensive collection of chocolates to choose from including truffles, custom filled hearts, and of course, chocolate dipped strawberries – oh and so much more. 1893 NJ-88, Brick Twp. 732-840-0888 https://vanholtenschocolates.com/
Do something a bit different on the day of love and share it with your sweetheart or some friends at Pinot’s Palette. Spend Friday or Saturday evening with your sweetheart to see just how good of an artist you actually are, then on Saturday bring the little ones for a special Mommy & Me event. 12 Broad Street, 1st Floor, Red Bank 732-219-9222 https://www.pinotspalette.com/redbank
Stop in at Jean Louise Candies and one of the largest chocolate selections at the Jersey Shore will be at your fingertips. Choose from over twenty different heart boxes or make your own. They’ll also be chocolate dipping up a storm! Call ahead to reserve your order. 1205 Third Avenue, Spring Lake 732-449-2627 www.jeanlouisecandies.com
Spend one of the most romantic evenings of the year at one of the Jersey Shore’s most romantic restaurants. At Porcini, Chef Chris will prepare you and your date exquisite dishes made to perfection. Be sure to reserve your special table today! 168 Bay Avenue, Highlands 732-291-3080 https://www.restaurantporcini.com/
Why not give your Valentine panoramic ocean views paired with farm to shaker cocktail at Mister C’s Beach Bistro? This Jersey Shore Valentine’s Day, they’ll be offering their regular menu along with a few heart filled specials. Reservations recommended. Allen Avenue on the Ocean, Allenhurst 732-531-3655 http://www.mistercsbeachbistro.com/
Don’t get stuck giving your significant other an underwhelming box of chocolates from the drugstore. Call ahead for chocolate-covered strawberries from Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, or if you’re feeling last minute, they’re sure to have some outstanding chocolate, fudge, and even their famous chocolate-covered pretzels ready to be picked up. 1100 Rt 35, Middletown (732) 796-0115 www.suzisweetshoppe.com
Reopening from winter break, Klein’s Fish Market & Waterside Cafe is kicking off their February with Valentine-Be-Mine Specials all weekend long. Known for delicious and fresh seafood dishes and beautiful water views, it’s a guaranteed date night. 708 River Road, Belmar 732-681-1177 http://kleinsfish.com/
Special Valentine’s Day cocktails, entrees, and desserts await you. Cozy tables, floor to ceiling windows, and ocean views are just a reservation away at Sirena Ristorante. 27 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch 732-222-1119 https://sirenaristorante.com/
Celebrate a night of amore at Stella Marina where you’ll enjoy drink specials, dinner, and dessert courtesy of Asbury Park’s very own Italian restaurant. Reservations recommended. 800 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park 732-775-7776 https://stellamarinarestaurant.com/
Nothing says you love someone like cooking them up a candlelit meal at home. If you’re a home cook, why not head over to Monmouth Meats where they can send you home with a USDA Prime Filet Mignon and some Lobster Tails for your loved ones. 112 Monmouth Street, Red Bank 732-741-5292 www.monmouthmeats.com
Join MJ’s at the Buttonwood Manor on February 14th or 15th for what promises to be the most romantic meal of the year. Couples will feast on sweetheart specials like Filet Mignon, Crab Cakes, Seafood Cioppino, and more. Receive a complimentary dessert with any Sweetheart Special. Reservations recommended. 845 Route 34 North, Matawan 732-566-6220 mjsrestaurant.com